WASHINGTON — Surgeon General Everett Koop called Wednesday for an all-out campaign against drunken driving, including restrictions on advertising, tougher standards for drivers, and higher taxes on alcoholic beverages. Mr. Koop said he did not favor a return to prohibition but wanted to save the 25,000 lives lost each year in alcohol-related accidents.
He called on Congress to restrict alcohol advertising and marketing practices, especially those aimed at youths.
Koop said states should reduce the level of blood-alcohol content that determines drunken driving from its level of 0.10 percent to 0.04 percent by the year 2000.
Excise taxes on alcoholic beverages should be increased and should be based on their alcohol content, he said. He recommended that states consider a minimum 5-cent-a-drink tax increase on alcoholic beverages.